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    • Here's one NO ONE has ever heard. But I found it on YouTube just now on a whim to see if it might be out there... and lo and behold it was. Someone posted it nearly 10 years ago. Only 700+ people listened to it in the meantime. This was from 1986 by a band called Native Alien out of LA/Orange County.

    • Top that - was only meant as banter.

      Are you not familiar with 'the Stranglers'? (He asked, seeing the opportunity to post the sound track of his mid 20's. Along with Joy Division / New Order)

      This is still on my high rotation list - forever.

    • my initial impulse to contribute to this conversation was met with realisation that the samples that came to my mind were either form the 60s or from 90s onwards (or otherwise represented by obscure Russian underground (at the time) bands). However, I scrounged up this, at the risk of diluting the predominantly rock music here :)

      Additional trivia bit, Madredeus heavily features in the Werner Herzog's Lisbon Story

    • two more and I'll stop for now, promise :D

      this was written in 1989

      and this is my personal most favourite cover of an ABBA song ever (ABBA being the 1980s excuse):

    • Thanks, count me as the 701st+ listener. Good vocals, liked that track.

      Looked up “Native Alien” on Pandora and it was for a techno(?) band unfortunately.

      For whatever reason, the song reminded me of this one from The Fixx. (Sorry if you’re not a fan of “New Wave”)

    • Love the Hugh Cornwell mariachi, thanks @DangerDave ! I saw the Stanglers perform live a few years ago with their current singer Baz and thought they were amazing. I read an interesting interview with Hugh where he talks about the early days of the punk scene, and how Joe Strummer came up to him after a show and said how he admired how tight The Stranglers were and hoped to have as good a band one day himself - which, of course, he did!

    • I actually like Saved by Zero. The Fixx is one of the few true "80s" bands I really liked (Along with Tears for Fears)... and of course Native Alien... but that's a different story.

    • Definitely NOT the techno band on Pandora. This Native Alien was active from 1982 to 1988. Started in San Diego and ended up in the LA Music Scene. Was featured on KROQ (the alternative/New Wave station in LA once or twice) and also on KNAC (the LA hard rock station).

      I found another one, from 1986/87 that was posted on Youtube about 5 years ago.

    • I've revisited and re-listened to several Australian bands who fit the criteria of '80's Project Bands' - and they are bloody terrible. The music has aged badly and the collaborations are a shadow of their 'main' Band's other work.

      So I'll post a few Aus Bands who should have been bigger internationally than they were.

      'The Saints' Punk Roots were cited by the Ramones as influential. By the Early 80's they had morphed into a post-punk combo with several lineup changes around Front Man, Chris Bailey. They also appeal to me as a Brisbane Band and I see some of the names in this old clip as I go to gigs.

      Springsteen covered this song:

    • Summer time in the early 80's, living in the nice part of Sydney as I did, were THE halcyon days for me.

      I had a fast motorbike, the best of buddies and a great girl. The nights were always warm and there was a great band playing somewhere not too far away - just about every night of the week.

      Australian music had really only just found its Mojo. Up until then the local bands were mainly covering UK or US artists - or were country acts. The Easybeats and the punk era Saints - and a few others are exceptions.

      But by around the turn of the decade, all of a sudden it exploded, the pubs were packed and the songs became about Australia, rather than the Bee Gees warbling-on about Massachusetts, Local bands loving Arkansas Grass or some sad copy of Penny Lane.

      The music scene blossomed and saw that having an Aussie identity and style was a good thing after all.

      Another factor was the the State-owned National Broadcaster began televising music clips and pop music content. Later in the decade 'Rage' was non-stop Rock music clips from midnight to dawn every Friday and Saturday night - and they had a mandate to feature local bands. We'd come home from watching gigs and the party was ready for Rage as round two.

      It also helped that we were riding on the back of a minerals boom, work was plentiful and we enjoyed some of the highest living standards anywhere. The mood of the place was party, but the quality and quantity of outstanding bands that came of those circumstances has never been repeated - in any of the ensuing decades.

      I know this isn't a uniquely Antipodean phenomena for the era either.

      Best thing is with You Tube and the other video platforms - I still live in 80's a lot.

      Hunters & Collectors were the staple sound of the Eastern Suburbs. The hardest working band of the era.


    • Diving for Pearls cut their first album in 1984 but it didn’t get released until 1989. Not an auspicious start and the band quickly faded away, but it got a lot of airplay on the local radio stations that played hair band music. It’s bubble gum rock, but it’s fun and best played loud.

    • It’s Official.

      DangerDave is my musical sensei 
      

      I have added Hunters & Gathers to my play list. I may even buy their album(!).

      There is a little known (in the US) band from Australia that had some airplay and I picked up their album when such things as “cassettes” were a thing. Have you heard of them?

      Shortly after Cold Chisel both defined and popularized the sound of Australian pub rock, Choirboys formed in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Singer Mark Gable, guitarist Brad Carr, and drummer Lindsay Tebbutt performed around Sydney’s pub scene for several years through the early ’80s before one of their demos fell into the hands of George Young of the Easybeats. Together with Harry Vanda he produced Choirboys’ self-titled debut album in 1983. “Never Gonna Die,” their first single, made it to the Top 20 of the national charts. While touring, Gable ruptured his vocal chords and the band were forced into hiatus, unable to capitalize on their sudden popularity for three years. When they re-emerged in 1987 with new guitarist Brett Williams and a new album called Big Bad Noise things continued as if they’d never been gone. The album eventually went double platinum and its lead single “Run to Paradise” became the biggest hit of their career, remaining a soundtrack for football games and backyard barbecues for decades to come.

    • I never entirely bought the Choirboys. I didn't dislike them, but Like the quote says - they lived in the shadow of Cold Chisel. They were the opening act. Chisels were the headliners.

      The Chisels produced a number of songs that became anthems locally.

      Every Aussie of my age spent some time in this country town.

    • I didn’t listen to much of The Cure in the 80’s so “Fascination Street” was a nice discovery share. Particularly liked the mandolin(?) playing during the song. I guess I’ve always liked songs that included unusual or rarely heard instruments.

      Which leads in to The Hooters with “And We Danced”